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Shift your Thinking is a live event and online support community that empowers parents and children who have learning differences such as learning disabilities, attention deficits, dyslexia, and/or mental health such as anxiety.

The "Shift Your Thinking"  Summit will have our 3rd event this Oct 21, 2017.  The Summit is about shifting the perception of Learning and Feeling Differently and empowering the parent and child.  Learning Differences can be identified as Dyslexia, ADHD or a Learning Disability or Learning Disorder but we are here to define this awesome group as a group that learns and feels differently and brilliantly.  The Summit is designed to embrace learning differences.  To empower the caregivers and shift the perception of what it means to learn in a non-traditional way, to use the strengths of those who learn differently and to encourage them to learn in a way that fits them.  

Shift Your thinking wants to break down the silos of information and start with one question - What is best for the child? Learning differences is about looking at the whole person, not just how the person learns but the overall mental, emotional and physical health and wellbeing of your child -- and from there what they need to learn in a way that empowers them.  Most importantly kids that learn differently need to see their learning abilities and maintain their self esteem.  It's time to bring together professionals and thought-leaders to pave this new path of strengths and abilities. And along with this offer a hope and vision to what people with learning differences can offer and ARE offering today.

This "Shift your Thinking" Learning Difference Summit allows for us to get together in the  real world and support and learn from each other.    We want to bring an international perspective to our online speakers with a Canadian focus at our Live Event! 

So if you are a parent that's ready for something MORE.  Something POWERFUL.  If you are ready to empower your child that learns differently and walk out with an:

  • action plan,
  • empowering insights
  • and a hope that will fuel you and your child.  

Then don't miss this one of a kind Summit. 

With a LIVE and ONLINE event platform -- you will have options to access ALL the speakers insights and knowledge -- no matter where you are or when you are available.

It's time to make GREAT THINGS HAPPEN in the world of learning differences. 

Remove the shame and limitations and replace them with hope and abilities!!  

Susan and Sperry

 


 

october 21, 2017 Summit speakers

We are heading into our third Summit!

This Summit focuses on:

Anxiety explained by stepping inside the world of learning differences. 

Compassion and why it's key,

Exercise and why it more than just a good idea.

The 2nd brain (the gut) how does it work and why should we know about it.

Technology. What does it offer your child?

We are not just a little excited about this Summit - we are over the moon.  Top researchers with a passion to help children reach their full potential with a focus on learning differences.  Read about them below. 

Why do you need to be a part of the Shift Your Thinking LD Summit? 

  • You need to have hope.  Hope that you can support your child and your child has awesome gifts and talents to offer the world.
  • You need clarity in what is going to help you and your child -- not just in their learning -- but in their overall health (physical and mental) because it;'s all related!
  • You need to know you are not alone by having a supportive community around you. 
  • You need to take time for you so you can step away for a few hours to gain a new perspective.
  • You need to hear about options and strategies you may not have considered yet. 
  • You need to be reassured that you are on the right path. 
  • You need to see all your child's abilities in a new light. 

Yes, we could go on and on because we are here to support you.  We listen to your suggestions and reach out to find the people to support you.  

Read about the speakers below: 

Live Event speakers 

 
Dr Kristen Neff

Dr Kristen Neff

self compassion researcher

www.self-compassion.org

Kristin Neff, Ph.D. is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, being the first one to operationally define and measure the construct over a decade ago. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an eight-week program to teach self-compassion skills in daily life, co-created with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, called Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Her book, Self-Compassion

She teaches us to be compassionate to ourselves in times of struggle. She also co-facilitates a Self-Compassion workshop which combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing with Dr. Brené Brown. 

 

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Dr. irina matveikova

www.irinamatveikova.com

Dr. Irina Matveikova focuses on Family Medicine, Endocrinology, Nutrition, Eating Disorders, Neurogastroenterology, Preventive and Holistic Medicine. And she is taking time to come a visit us to review her insight into the mind gut connection.  Dr. Matveikova will be visiting us to review the latest data about The Brain-Gut Connection and the relationship between Digestive and Mental Health. She will offer practical medical and nutritional recommendations to support brain development and function for children and adults. 

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Sperry bilyea

www.sperrybilyea.com

Founder of Shift Your Thinking, CEO of Thrive by Design

I needed help.  I found Susan Schenk and she walked me through a life changing exercise to help my children in her Invincible Mama Program.  I have 3 awesome kids who all have some diagnosis or another either LD, ADHD and GAD (including their mom).  They are creative, quirky, funny,  out of the box thinkers and we love them this way!  They did not fit the school mold.  I saw their self-esteem go down the toilet. I searched for traditional and non traditional medical experts, social workers, nutritionists, meditation.  I found it confusing and overwhelming.  Our family ebbs and flows as all families do - I want to do the best for each child and help them truly thrive in the world.

The Biz Story

My whole career has been in the health and wellness industry in the US and Canada. My company is called Thrive by Design. Thriving By Design’s mission is to CURATE RESEARCH and experiences to help nurture curiosity in living a life that is intentionally focused on health regardless of age or circumstances.  Shift Your Thinking fits into this personal mission perfectly. Our hope is to start this community and give families who are just beginning this journey or are in the middle of it - the support, resources and encouragement that we were searching for in one place.  Shifting peoples thinking about learning differently one mind at a time.


I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded.     (resilience)
— Gail Borden

Dr. Kelly Arbor Nicitopoulos

Dr. Kelly Arbor Nicitopoulos

Dr. Kelly is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Scientist Bloorview Research Institute.

Her research interests are with health and exercise psychology, as well as disability and physical activity.  

 

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Susan Schenk

www.beyondok.ca

www.technologyandtoolsforkids.com

Founder of Shift your Thinking, CEO of Technology & Tools for kids, author of Beyond Ok from Invisible to invincible and the Mom Mentoring program Invincible Mama Program.

I decided to face my learning differences so I could support my children and their learning in a powerful way.  I had to accept my way of learning so I could do the same for them.  This started the journey. I wrote my thoughts down and soon the idea of a book came to be, as I knew others needed to know they were not alone.  

I had to give learning differences a voice. I then created a program from my book called Invincible Mama and co-created the Summit, which to me feels like my book has came to life.

THE BIZ STORY

I worked as an Occupational Therapist in the school setting for 20 years.  I watched and I learned -- I looked at skills and how learning was viewed and what seemed to be missing when it came to supporting kids that were learning differently.  I had the passion which came from my own learning experiences.  My business was born! I stepped out to help parents support their children in a new way so they could see their learning abilities.  I was thrilled but not done yet. I started to support other Occupational Therapist across North America and published my book. It was the story about my learning differences and what that looked it to me.  


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Could it be that maybe we are “suppose to learn this way?
— Susan Schenk Beyond Ok from Invisible to Invincible
 

online experts & inspirational Speakers 

 
Lorian at Shift Your Thinking Online Speaker

Lorian Phillips

 www.Lorianadhd.com

I am a Clinical Psychologist and have been in private practice for the last 20 years. I have always worked with a range of issues that people see a therapist for. However, in the past 4 years my interest has shifted to a focus on coaching parents with ADHD/ADD. This is due to the fact that I am the mother of 2 ADHD son's and initially I totally struggled with the different issues and behaviours that arose as a result of ADD. I felt I was thrown into a strange, foreign, extremely difficult world. I chose to empower myself by doing a lot of reading on ADHD - how to understand and manage the condition and my sons' behaviour more effectively. Slowly but surely, by adopting different parenting strategies, things started to settle down at home and life became more pleasant. It's not without challenges but my approach has been different. Due to all of this, I developed a parenting course for parents of ADD/ADHD kids which I have been running since 2013, I also started coaching parents in my private practice and have given various talks to teachers and parents as well as presenting at a conference on The Learning styles of ADHD KIDS. My work, reading and interest is ongoing as this is of a very personal interest to me, as well as professionally.


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Debbie Reber

founded TiLT Parenting,

www.tiltparenting.com

raising a Differently wired child

Debbie Reber, a bestselling author of inspiring YA fiction and nonfiction for girls, changed her career dramatically in 2016 when she founded TiLT Parenting, a website, podcast, and social media company for parents like her who are raising differently-wired children. Debbie’s next book, "Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World," will be published by Workman Books in June 2018. She currently lives with her 13-year-old son and husband in the Netherlands.


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sarah rosensweet

Parenting Expert

www.sarahrosensweet.com

Your Parenting questions answered

Sarah Rosensweet is a peaceful parenting coach. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three big kids (ages 9, 12, and 16). Sarah helps parents become the parents they want to be- with a non-punitive, connection-based approach that that feels good and works. Sarah is certified by Dr. Laura Markham as an Aha! Peaceful Parenting Coach. Enjoy your kids again! Find her at www.sarahrosensweet.com or follow her on Facebook. 


Todd + Cathy Zen Parenting Radio at SYT

todd + Cathy adams

www.zenparentingradio.com

Cathy is a self-awareness expert, podcast host, & author focused on parenting and the personal empowerment of women and young girls. She’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Parent Coach, Certified Elementary School Teacher, Certified Yoga Teacher, and she teaches in the Sociology Department at Dominican University and Elmhurst College.

Todd is ... the co-host of the Zen Parenting Radio podcast and a certified life coach who focuses on supporting guys in finding a healthy work/family balance. He focuses on marriage, parenting, career, overall self-awareness and life enjoyment.
 

michele leroy

www.thenewearthchildrencentre.com

Michelle LeRoy is a mother of three 24, 22 & 18 year old, she ran a home daycare for just over 11 years as a stay at home mom. Her love of children took her on the road to becoming a Kid’s Coaching Connection Holistic Youth Life Coach, with an ACC Accreditation through the International Coach Federation. Michelle has worked with hundreds of youth and their families all over the world for over 6 years now. A Kid’s Connection Coach acknowledges, addresses and honours the ‘WHOLE’ Child – body, mind and spirit. 

Erin Koerselman at Shift Your Thinking LD

 Erin Koerselman

ADHD Parenting Coach, Founder of the Honestly ADHD Parenting Academy

www.honestlyadhdparentingacademy.com

ADHD: What the Heck Is It?

Erin Koerselman is an ADHD parenting coach & educator, blogger and speaker. She is the mother of three beautiful children and lives in Minnesota where she enjoys connecting with other parents, yoga, and a good long run.

A former attorney, Erin's introduction to ADHD and coaching happened when her oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 5. While parenting a child with ADHD was not easy by any stretch of the imagination, it did produce a silver lining. It opened her eyes to an entire population of parents also struggling to raise kids with ADHD, and who were frustrated, lonely, exhausted and needed help and support. After years of hard work, Erin left her corporate career and became a parenting coach to serve and uplift these moms and dads. 

As an ADHD parenting coach Erin's goal is to be the catalyst of positive change in the lives of parents feeling lost and lonely; to empower parents with shifts in mindset, parenting skills, and the knowledge they need to become the parents their children need them to be.

Erin is the founder of HonestlyADHD.com and the Honestly ADHD Parenting Academy where parents can learn about ADHD and improve their parenting skills in a stress-free, supportive, online environment

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Asher Basden

 

Thirteen-year-old Asher is the inspiration for TiLT, and he regularly shares his thoughts and insights (and goofy sense of humor) on the TiLT Parenting Podcast. Asher is an avid writer and has published three short Minecraft-themed novels for the Kindle: The End Virus, The Crystal of the Nether, and The Advent-Ores.

When he’s not recording podcasts, being homeschooled, or creating Minecraft mods with his dad, Asher can be found reading, playing Kerbal Space Program, running, and hanging out with his friends. 

Lorian Phillips online speaker for Shift Your Thinking LD

Lorian Phillips

 www.Lorianadhd.com

I am a Clinical Psychologist and have been in private practice for the last 20 years. I have always worked with a range of issues that people see a therapist for. However, in the past 4 years my interest has shifted to a focus on coaching parents with ADHD/ADD. This is due to the fact that I am the mother of 2 ADHD son's and initially I totally struggled with the different issues and behaviours that arose as a result of ADD. I felt I was thrown into a strange, foreign, extremely difficult world. I chose to empower myself by doing a lot of reading on ADHD - how to understand and manage the condition and my sons' behaviour more effectively. Slowly but surely, by adopting different parenting strategies, things started to settle down at home and life became more pleasant. It's not without challenges but my approach has been different. Due to all of this, I developed a parenting course for parents of ADD/ADHD kids which I have been running since 2013, I also started coaching parents in my private practice and have given various talks to teachers and parents as well as presenting at a conference on The Learning styles of ADHD KIDS. My work, reading and interest is ongoing as this is of a very personal interest to me, as well as professionally.

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Jonathon scott

www.supplyclouds.com

Jonathon is from the UK and is the founder of Supply Clouds which offers a technology solution to helping schools find supply teachers.  

Jon states he is very Dyslexic, very passionate about positive change and progressive thinking. He loves tech, MMA and soccer. An overall average guy, who works hard and is happy to challenge the norm. 

Listen to his inspiring learning difference story. 

 

 
 

 

When: 

 saturday oct 21, 2017

where: 

mississauga valley community centre and library

Mississauga Valley Community Centre and Library, 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5A 3R8


Agenda

9:15am - 10:00AM

Registration, Coffee and CONNECT

Saturday morning. We can't wait to meet you.  This is where our community starts!

Come meet us, register, and connect with others.  There will be coffee, tea, water and snacks waiting for you when you arrive.  You want to be ready for this awesome day.  

 

Morning Summit


10:00 AM - 10:15 

Sperry Bilyea

Welcome

Sperry will set the stage for the day, share SYT updates, logistics  and how the day will proceed


10:15 am - 10:45 am

Susan schenk

Why dread lives in your child's head 

Susan will take you down the road of learning differently and why dread was a big part of her life.  She will then talk about small steps that can be taken to help you move your child away from the dread and into the world of mastering how they learn. 


10:45 Am - 11:45 AM

Dr. KRistiN Neff

Self Compassion: The Key to inner strength and resilience for parents 

Dr. Kristin Neff will be sharing her wisdom and research on self compassion and how it's the key to copying with stress of being a parent. 


11:45 AM - 12:00 Pm 

break time


 

12:00 Pm - 1:00 pm 

Dr. Kelly Arbor Nicitopoulos

The ABC's of Exercise and it's Impact on Physical and Mental Health

We know exercise is good for you but what if it had such an impact on your child's overall health that you considered it to be more than something good to do. This is not your usual talk. Dr Kelly Arbor Nicitopoulos is passionate about exercise and it's impact on children's overall physical and mental health.  


 Lunch Break

1:00 pm -1:50pm

You can order lunch at the Summit and keep things simple.  Or you can venture to other areas to find the food of your choice.  Or bring your lunch.  It's up to you -- our experts will be available to chat with you during this time.  If its nice out we can even go out for a walk and enjoy the outside.


Afternoon Summit

Talk

2:00 pM - 3:00 pM

Dr. Irina Matveikova

Mind–Gut Connection

The digestive system is similar to the brain and Dr Irina will tell us how and why. Dr. Irina will discuss how the digestive system and the gut microbiome influence and even determine brain development and mental health.  


3:00pm - 3:20pm 

break


2nd workshop

3:20 PM - 4:20 PM 

susan Schenk 

technology: what it can offer your child

Technology is a powerful tool when you have a learning difference.  Step into this workshop to find out why it's powerful and some simple tips and approaches you can use at home to start empowering your child so they can see their learning abilities. 


4:25pm - 4:40pm

close 

Time to review the day with Sperry


early bird tickets are Here!

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investment for you and your child SYT

You are investing in your child and you, the parent.  When you look for ways to understand and support your child's development,  it's an investment that will keep on giving.  

Investing is about 'doing' now and 'reaping' later.  This doesn't mean you have to wait to see progress. Small steps lead to big results.  You will see progress with your child's learning, emotional, and physical wellbeing the right tools and supports.  

You are investing in the right place -- for the right reason.  Trust your gut on this one!


new bonus this fall:

you got this! virtual event

This fall we are offering a LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT called 'YOU GOT THIS!" which will allow you and your child to regain hope and insight into Learning Differences.

YOU GOT THIS! VIRTUAL EVENT WITH SYT

When you are an early bird you and your child can access the virtual YOU GOT THIS! EVENT which is an online EVENT for your child and you to listen to Susan share her learning experiences and gain hope and insight into the world of learning differently. Susan will review how to look at their strengths and what to do next. Your child will have a chance to win prizes which you can pick up at the Summit and you will have access to first few chapters of Susan's Beyond Ok from Invisible to Invincible Digital Book so your child can read it on their devices. 
Finally, you and your child will have time to chat directly with Susan with a Q and A time at the end of the Event. 

With this event you are taking steps towards inspiring and empowering your child's learning abilities. Don't miss this new opportunity that comes with your early bird ticket bonus.  You will receive an email with all the details of the EVENT in September!

it's time to talk with our kids!


This bonus comes with the Summit Event and Video Package.

The video package for oct has more incredible Speakers to inspire and support you.

Listen to all the speakers at the Summit and Online with the great ticket options below!


shift your thinking ld SUMMIT 

 Oct 21, 2017

Mississauga, ontario

regular price ticket

Summit early bird ticket options

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This year we have limited seating.

Get your tickets now to hold your seat--  and get a great price and bonus at the same time!


early bird video package options:

YOU GET ACCESS TO THE EARLY BIRD BONUS WHEN YOU BUY YOUR TICKET NOW!

You want feel hopeful about your child's future.

You want to address all parts of your child along with the way their learn.  

You want to be part of a community that is positive and hopeful and offers strategies that will help you pull together the best options for your child and your family.

You want to be part of the Summit but you won't be in the Toronto area on Oct 21, 2107 - then you can have all of this with the resources we will provide in the Video Package from the Oct 21, 2017 Summit. 

with the Video Packages:

  • You will have access to all the live and online speakers of the Summit Video Package 
  • You will have access to all the handouts and slides reviewed at the Summit.  
  • You will have access to our Private Facebook Community to connect with others. 
  • AND you will have access to our INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKERS as they talk about their learning journey and offer hope and insight to you and your child. 
ONLINE EARLY BIRD TICKETS FOR VIDEO PACKAGE

These early bird options won't last forever so get them while you can!  

 


 
 

FAQ:

1. HOw is this event different from other conferences on learning disorders, ADHD and Dyslexia? 

This event is about opening the doors to the inside world of learning differently and then tapping into how to best support your child's learning in a way that is powerful for them.  When you have speakers that have lived with a learning difference or have been a parent of a child with a learning difference -- you are offering insights that are real and offer not just powerful solutions but inspire others to shift how they are viewing learning differences. 

2. my child has autism (or another diagnosis) and i think this summit will support me - can i attend? 

YES!  You can definitely attend the Shift Your Thinking LD Summit.  It offers great resources and support for many parents.  The information is directed towards learning differences however many topics will be helpful for you as a parent. Please come and attend the summit or buy the video package to watch at home! 

3. If I can't make it to this summit - what can i do? 

You can buy a Video Package which allows you to watch all the speakers at home.  You will access all the videos and content provided by the speakers.  You will also have access to our Resource Page -- links to websites, books, tools, other speakers etc. You don't have to miss a thing!  

4. is the summit just for parents? 

No.  If you are a professional and you want to learn from the Speakers at the Summit - please come and join us.  You can either come to the live event or order a Video Package and watch from home.  Either way you can add in that time for your educational hours!